the essential Rising star from Kenya, Agnes Tirop was stabbed to death. She was found dead at her home in Iten, a training center in the west of the country.
“Kenya lost a diamond who was one of the fastest growing athletes on the international stage thanks to his remarkable performances on the track. We continue to work to elucidate the circumstances of his death” explained the Kenyan federation of athletics in a press release.
Aged 25 years old, Agnes Tirop had just broken the world record for 10 kilometers, during a race exclusively for women, in 30 minutes and 000 seconds, in Herzogenaurach, Germany. In 2015 she was also the World Cross Country Champion.
A “cowardly and selfish foul play”
Agnes Tirop’s husband, Emmanuel Rotich, was wanted according to Tom Makori, the Keiyo District Police Commander. “He can tell us what happened. The suspect made a call to Tirop’s parents to tell them that he had done something wrong. So we think he knows what happened.”
“It is heartbreaking, extremely unhappy and sad to lose such a promising and young athlete who, at 25, had already brought glory to our country through her exploits on the track, lamented Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Her death is all the more difficult to take as the heroine of Kenya, Agnes, was the victim of a cowardly and selfish criminal act. “